3B Brian Friday and 2B Chase d’Arnaud
Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians struggled both at the plate and in the field, as they fell to the Durham Bulls in the first game of a 4-game series at Victory Field. The Bulls posted 19 hits for 12 runs, in a game that seemed similar to last night’s game against the Norfolk Tides. They scored in all but three innings (same as the Tides last night), and had runners on base in every inning (as did the Tides). In addition, the Bulls put the first runner on base in each of the first five innings, and in seven of nine innings.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start tonight, and like yesterday, he had two batters reach base against him in the top of the 1st inning. Gallagher hit the first batter, CF Desmond Jennings, with a pitch. Jennings stole second base on the first pitch to LF Justin Ruggiano. Then Ruggiano lined into left field, and Jennings came around to score. An alert play by Tribe LF Alex Presley had the ball back in to the infield and to second base quickly, and Ruggiano was tagged out at second base by 2B Chase d’Arnaud.
3B Russ Canzler began the 2nd inning with a looping single into right field, but after a pop up, Canzler was erased in a strike-out-throw-out double play. Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak led off the 3rd inning with a double into the right-center field alley, and after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jennings brought Furmaniak in to score, giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls increased their lead to 4-0 in the 4th. DH Chris Carter led off with a solo home run, which saw RF Andrew Lambo trying to climb up the padded right field wall (it never works) in a desperate attempt to grow 12 feet taller. Gallagher walked Canzler after the homer, and two outs later, he hit Furmaniak with a pitch. SS Ray Olmedo gr ounded sharply to first, and the ball dinged off 1B Andy Marte’s glove for a single. Canzler was off and running with the pitch, and he came around to score, even though d’Arnaud got to the ball quickly. A ground out to third and an excellent scoop by 3B Brian Friday ended the inning.
Pedro Ciriaco gets back to first base safely
Norfolk Tides 11, Indianapolis Indians 3
The Norfolk Tides swamped the Indians at Victory Field tonight, ending this 4-game series with a 2-2 tie. Starter Brian Burres (photo) suffered his 4th loss of the season (no wins) and lasted just 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
The Tides had base runners on in every inning, and they scored in 6 of the 9 innings. Burres began the game with a strikeout, but things went downhill from there. The second batter, 2B Ryan Adams lined a single into right field, and LF Nolan Reimold followed with a long home run over the left field wall, all the way to the sidewalk behind the grass berm. Burres got a fly out and a strikeout to end the inning. In the 2nd, the Tides made it 3-0 with SS Brendan Harris’ solo home run, which landed in almost the same place as Reimold’s.
The Indians had a chance to return fire in the bottom of the 1st inning. RF Corey Wimberly and SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with back-to-back line drive singles, one to right field and one to left. It would have been a great opportunity to answer the Tides, but the next three batters could not move the runners along — a fly out, a pop out, and a fly out, leaving Wimberly and d’Arnaud standing there.
Brian Friday makes the play at third base.
Norfolk Tides 6, Indianapolis Indians 0
Three Norfolk pitchers combined to hold the Indians to just 3 hits in a shut-out game tonight at Victory Field. Only the outfielders had hits — LF Alex Presley and CF Gorkys Hernandez both singled and RF Andrew Lambo doubled. Starter Rudy Owens was not able to contain the Tides’ batters, and he suffered his second loss of the season.
The Tides’ batters got to Owens (photo) in the top of the 1st. CF Tyler Henson and 2B Ryan Adams led off with back-to-back singles into left field. With runners on the corners, Owens struck out the next two batters, former Indy Indian SS Nick Green and 1B Brandon Snyder. It looked like Owens might get out of the jam, but LF Nolan Reimold worked the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then ripped a double into left-center field. LF Presley and CF Hernandez both raced toward the ball, and at the last possible second, Presley made a desperate dive — but could not come up with the ball. That drove in both base runners, to give the Tides a 2-0 lead.
Owens pitched a scoreless 2nd inning, then gave up a solo home run to Snyder in the 3rd inning, increasing the Tides’ lead to 3-0. He retired the side in order in the 4th. In the 5th, RF Blake Davis grounded sharply through the hole and into left field, but as he rounded first and headed for second, Davis was not counting on Presley in left field. Presley came up throwing, and his throw to 2B Pedro Ciriaco was on-target and well ahead of Davis, who was out at second. Adams also reached base when he grounded to first. 1B Matt Hague made a great diving stop, but when Owens arrived to cover the bag, he dropped Hague’s toss for an error. Adams was left on first when a fly out ended the inning.
Celebrate the win!
Indianapolis Indians 7, Norfolk Tides 6
The Indianapolis Indians pulled out another come-from-behind win over the Norfolk Tides this afternoon at Victory Field, and once again the Max Schumacher Victory Bell rang out at the end of the game. Justin Thomas earned his first win for the Indians, and Tim Wood earned his third save, while 1B Matt Hague (photo) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Three Indians hit solo home runs: Hague, LF Alex Presley, and C Dusty Brown.
The game did not start out well for the Indians. Lead-off batter 3B Josh Harrison opened the bottom of the 1st with a line drive single into left-center field, but as he took a few steps out of the batters’ box, he began to limp. He limped his way down to first base (ordinarily, he might have made it to second on this hit), then called for time out. After a brief discussion with trainer Bryan Housand and manager Dean Treanor, Harrison came out of the game. Chase d’Arnaud came in as a pinch runner, then stayed in the game to play second base, while Brian Friday moved from second over to third base. There was no further word by the end of the game about Harrison’s condition.
Unfortunately, before anything else could happen, d’Arnaud was picked off first base and caught stealing. The reason that it was so unfortunate for the Indians was that one out later, Presley rocketed a home run over the right field wall for his third home run of the season. It was a solo homer, but it could have been a 2-run homer. Hague slapped a sharp grounder up the middle after the home run, but he was left on base.
Jason Jaramillo is greeted by the teammates he drove in with his grand slam
Indianapolis Indians 8, Norfolk Tides 5
A grand slam by C Jason Jaramillo gave the Indians the spark they needed to turn the game around tonight at Victory Field, as the Indians came from behind to beat the Norfolk Tides.
The game began on a good note for the Tribe. For the first time in a home game this season, the Indians scored first. They missed out on an opportunity in the 2nd inning, when 3B Josh Harrison lined a single into left field and Jaramillo lined a single into left-center, moving Harrison to third. A pop up ended the inning, leaving the runners on the corners. CF Gorkys Hernandez led off the 3rd inning with a grounder through the right side of the infield and into right field. DH Corey Wimberly dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez to second base, and 2B Chase d’Arnaud’s long fly out to right allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. LF Alex Presley singled up the middle, just past the diving SS Nick Green (a former Indy Indian in 2007), and that drove in Hernandez to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Tribe starter Justin Wilson (photo) did his part by starting the game with three hitless innings. He allowed just one walk over the first three innings. But then things turned over the next two innings, as two Tribe errors resulted in 5 runs for the Tides. Wilson began the 4th with a line out, but the next two batters reached base. A four-pitch walk put Tides’ 1B Brandon Snyder on base. Then 3B John Bell bounced just over the reach of Wilson’s glove, and toward the second base bag. SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Chase d’Arnaud both charged toward the ball. Ciriaco got to it, and tried to take an extra step to reach second base for the force out – but he was rushing, and he did not have a good hold on the ball. The ball fell to the ground, and both runners were safe (photos below). A pop out gave Wilson the second out of the inning, but kept the runners in place. Then Green lined a double into left field, over the head of Presley, and off the wall. That drove in both the runners, giving Norfolk a 2-1 lead. 2B Brendan Harris ran the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then took ball four, which brought pitching coach Tom Filer out to chat with Wilson and Jaramillo. The talking didn’t help much, as C Craig Tatum blooped an RBI single into the no-man’s-land in short right field, bringing in Green to score. RF Tyler Henson added another run with a sinking liner into left field. Wilson struck out CF Matt Angle to end the inning, but 4 unearned runs had scored, and the Tides had a 4-1 lead.
Photos: On the left, the ball has just slipped out of Ciriaco’s glove — you can see it in front of d’Arnaud’s left knee, below his glove. On the right, the ball is on the ground, with the runner Snyder beginning his slide into second.